April 2012 MM Clinic – SAVE THE DATE!


Connie Claire and Sue Current ride MMs at the 2011 Clinic

The 2012 Mangalarga Marchador clinic will be held in April at the Florida Horse Park.  Go to their website:  http://flhorsepark.com/ to get more information and view the world-class facilities.  Stalls $20 a night.  RV hook up available.  First come first served.


The clinic will be based on the first U.S. SELA DE OURO Ride!!!! A Brazilian tradition!  Three phases of the ride & clinic include:

  1. SELA DE OURO – 16 mile ride (everyone is encouraged to do part or all of the ride).
  2. CLASSROOM and ARENA WORK    Evaluation of your MM horses conformation and gait.  Instruction on conformation and gait and how to improve your horse’s gait.
  3. FUNCTIONAL TEST (Complete Horse)  Instruction with your horse on different aspects of the test, culminating with a ridden test on the last day (you do not have to do any part you are not comfortable with.)

We are planning to provide lunch, dinner and a cocktail party for an all -inclusive price.

Instructors: ABCCMM (Brazilian MM association) professionals Tiago de Resende Garcia and Kate Moura da Costa Barcelos, both licensed veterinarians and judges in Brazil.

Tiago teaching in Brasil at the 30th National Expo.

Tiago is the ABCCMM Director of the ENA – the National School of Judges.  The ENA’sobjective is to train MM judges on how to evaluate conformation, gait and functionality of the MM breed.  Tiago and his team judge every sanctioned ABCCMM show in Brazil.  Tiago has hosted symposiums and lectures to enlighten and inform MM breeders.

Kate is an ABCCMM inspector (the 1st woman) and education program director.  Kate was the instructor of our 2011 MM clinic.  An accomplished rider, competitor and instructor, Kate was the #2 dressage rider in South America and now uses classical dressage in preparing and training Marchador horses for many farms in Brazil.

Kate riding Andante (Apple Pie de Miami) at the 2011 clinic


I am the USMMA member organizing the clinic. I attended the 2011 MM clinic and volunteered to have the next annual clinic in my hometown, Ocala, FL.

I can use help!  Please contact me to volunteer or to offer suggestions on how to make this a great event!

To improve our planning, just drop me a note if you plan to attend the 2012 clinic and if you intend to bring a horse(s) or not.

Thanks, Connie